Skip to main content

Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library

Maine Maritime Museum celebrates Maine’s vibrant maritime culture.



rss RSS

347
RESULTS


Show sorted alphabetically

Show sorted alphabetically

SHOW DETAILS
up-solid down-solid
eye
Title
Date Published
Creator
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
texts

eye 44

favorite 0

comment 0

Warren Morse (ca. 1819-1874) was captain of several Bath (ME) ships in addition to the 1186-ton America (Ship). America was built at Bath (ME) in 1864 by Johnson Rideout for E. & A. Sewall, and Morse was her first master. Captain Francis S. Swanton (1831-1881) of Bath took over the vessel for one voyage, then Morse resumed command. She was sold in 1869 in Hamburg (GER), and went through several more ownership changes before stranding near Cardiff (WAL) in 1887. This volume was written by...
Topic: maritime history
Ezekiel H. Welch, born in Topsham (ME), was 26 when he began this diary aboard the 590-ton Sheffield (Ship), built at Bath (ME) in 1836 by G. F. & J. Patten for Capt. Noble Maxwell.  The master at the time of the diary was Capt. John P. Smith (ca. 1816-1859), who may have been related by marriage to the author.  Smith married Emily, daughter of Humphrey Welch of Bath (ME).  Sheffield may have been sold at London (ENG) in 1864. This diary, kept in a blank book, documents voyages in...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
by Capt. Joshua A. Gray
texts

eye 6

favorite 0

comment 0

The 197-ton Henry Kelsey (Bark) was built at North Yarmouth (ME) in 1843 by Seabury & Dunham. Initially chartered to coastal packet lines, she went to Europe at the time of this volume and was registered at New York in 1854. She is not listed in register in 1861. Her commander was listed in this log as Capt. J. Adams Gray and Capt. Joshua A. Gray, and may also have been author of this volume. This log was kept on blank pages that were ruled and stitched together. It documents voyages in...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
by George S. Whitney
texts

eye 15

favorite 0

comment 0

George S. Whitney was a second author of this volume. It was given to him in 1864, "By his Friend, Santa Claus". The 193-ton Damariscove (Brig) was built in 1847 at Eastport (ME), and was abandoned at sea in 1854, as documented in this volume. At time of log, she was commanded by Capt. Joseph Sweetser. Author of log is not known. Whitney was a teamster in the [Winthrop (ME)] area, used the volume 1864-1867. The first seven pages of this volume are a log, kept in a ruled log-book form,...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
by Capt. Stinson F. Davis
texts

eye 11

favorite 0

comment 0

Capt. Stinson F. Davis was the son of William H. and Christina C. (Lewis) Davis, and was born and died in Five Islands (ME). He went to sea at 16, was licensed as a captain at 21, and became the last surviving master of big schooners, dying at 103. He married Grace Miller in 1913. The 1,586-ton Matawoc (Four-mast schooner) was built at Bath (ME) in 1890 as Charles H. Campbell by H.F. & C.W. Morse. She was later laid up near Bayonne (NJ) and her registry was abandoned in 1926. Author was...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
texts

eye 30

favorite 0

comment 0

Records of one of the largest Nova Scotian tern schooners, including: correspondence of owners, captains, and ship brokers; accounts, charter parties, bills of lading, crew wage accounts, a statement of discharged seamen, and an official log-book form, partly filled out. Records primarily document the lumber trade, with voyages between ports of the Maritime Provinces and east coast U.S. ports.
Topic: Maritime History
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
by Capt. George W. Mansfield
texts

eye 13

favorite 0

comment 0

No more is known of the presumed author. Salmon (Schooner) may have been registered at Boston (MA); no more is known of that vessel. This log-book, written on blank pages stitched into a sailcloth cover, documents voyages in Salmon (Schooner) from Boston (MA) to Tampico (MEX) with general cargo, including paper, cocoa, and silk, and return to Boston with pepper, beeswax, wood (logwood?). Mention is made of water damage to cargo occasioning a survey by two other captains. One crew member was...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
by Hilton Simmons
texts

eye 11

favorite 0

comment 0

Hilton Simmons was mate of this vessel, signed on Feb. 2, 1917, in New York. The 3,069-ton Owego (Screw steamer, freight) was built at Buffalo (NY) in 1888 by Union Dry Dock Company. She was sold to Minhow (CHN), formerly Foochow, about 1924. Owego 's master at the time of this log was Capt. W. S. Mitchell. This log, kept in a printed log-book form, records voyages in Owego (Screw steamer, freight): from New York via Penta Delgada (AZO) to Genoa (ITA) with explosives, acid, and other material;...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
by Capt. Rufus S. Randall
texts

eye 5

favorite 0

comment 0

Capt. Rufus S. Randall was born in Freeport (ME), son of Capt. Robert J. and Lydia Mitchell Randall. He went to sea from about the age of 10, rose to command many vessels, and married Annie S. Townsend at Portland (ME) in 1872. She sometimes sailed with him; they had five children. Capt. Randall died in Freeport. The 403-ton Gertrude (Bark) was built at Cumberland (ME) by Elias Hunt in 1863, and was lost between 1877 and 1880. The 1106-ton Oasis (Bark) was built at Freeport (ME) in 1871 by John...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
by Capt. Zaccheus Allen
texts

eye 6

favorite 0

comment 0

Capt. Zaccheus Allen was born in Richmond (ME), married there to Francesca R. Hathorn in 1870, and died there. He became a shipmaster at 32, and commanded many Bath (ME) and Richmond (ME) vessels. The 2130-ton Benj. F. Packard (Ship) was built at Bath (ME) in 1883 by Goss, Sawyer & Packard. After many years owned by Arthur Sewall & Co., and later Alaska Packers Assoc., she became a museum ship. Her poor condition led to her scuttling off New York in 1939. This volume starts as a...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
texts

eye 10

favorite 0

comment 0

George H. Barbour, not yet a captain when he kept this diary, was the son of Capt. Samuel H. Barbour (1839-1896) of Brewer (ME). GHB took over and continued the businesses of building and operating small steamers begun by his father. Samuel H. Barbour built the 32-ton Leila (Screw steamer, yacht) at Brewer (ME) in 1883 for his own use, naming her for a daughter. He sold the yacht in 1885 at Jacksonville (FL). She was renamed Stella in 1886 and continued in service, home-ported in New York,...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
by Capt. Joshua Farnham
texts

eye 13

favorite 0

comment 0

Born in Arrowsic (ME), Joshua Farnham was the grandson of Captain Zebediah Farnham of Georgetown (ME). He died of "lung fever" in 1858 while master of Lawson (Ship). The 597-ton Lawson was built by Stephen Larrabee at Bath (ME) in 1855, for L.L. Watts of Hallowell (ME). The ship burned in Toulon (FRA), 1861. The diary covers a voyage in Lawson (Ship) from Cardiff (WAL) with coal to Galle (CEY), in ballast to Moulmein (BUR), with teak to Cork (IRE) or Falmouth (ENG) for orders....
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
texts

eye 12

favorite 0

comment 0

Handwriting indicates several authors, probably mates, all unidentified.  The 1,516-ton Mary H. Diebold (Five-mast schooner), built at Newcastle (ME) in 1920 by Newcastle Shipbuilding Co., became part of the Crowell & Thurlow fleet out of Boston (MA).  In 1932 she was laid up at Eastport (ME) and was broken up there ca. 1938.  During at least part of the period of this log, she was commanded by Capt. W. H. Davis.  A front page contains the name Helen Barnet Gring (Four-mast schooner),...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
texts

eye 34

favorite 1

comment 0

The catalogs in this collection were received by the Museum from many sources over the years. Some are accessioned and many are not. As new single catalogs are received, they are added to the collection and the container list is amended accordingly. The catalogs are usually original and date from the 1830’s to the present. A few are reprints, and a few are for foreign companies. Occasionally a catalog will contain a letter or two, either from the manufacturer to an agent or from an agent to a...
Topic: Maritime History
A guide to the photographic collections held at the Nathan R. Lipfert Research library.
Topics: maritime, maritime history, photographs, film, slides, lantern slides, negatives, sailors,...
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
by Capt. Rufus S. Randall
texts

eye 6

favorite 0

comment 0

Capt. Rufus S. Randall was born in Freeport (ME), son of Capt. Robert J. and Lydia Mitchell Randall. He went to sea from about the age of 10, rose to command many vessels, and married Annie S. Townsend at Portland (ME) in 1872. She sometimes sailed with him; they had five children. Capt. Randall died in Freeport. The 476-ton New Empire (Bark) was built in 1854 at the Westbrook (ME) yard of William Merrill by Capt. David Keazer (Randall's uncle?). The bark was dropped from American Lloyd's...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
texts

eye 24

favorite 0

comment 0

Little is known of George S. Lewis of Steuben (ME), except that a man of that name from that area commanded vessels in the 1860s. The 153-ton Enterprize (Schooner), built at Addison (ME) in 1832 by Nathaniel Nash, was commanded by Capt. Gilman Colson. The 166-ton Relief (Brig), built at Cherryfield (ME) in 1839 by Eli Foster, was commanded by Capt. Leonard Strout. The 113-ton Velocity (Schooner), built at Steuben (ME) in 1831 by  Asa Dyer , was commanded by Capt. E. Stevens. This log-book,...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
texts

eye 15

favorite 0

comment 0

The authors of this volume are not known. The 2130-ton Benj. F. Packard (Ship) was built at Bath (ME) by Goss, Sawyer & Packard in 1883 for A Sewall & Co. Her master for the 1892-1893 period was Capt. Zaccheus Allen (1843-1915) of Richmond (ME). In 1916 she was owned by Northwestern Fisheries Co., and was used servicing Alaskan canneries. In the 1920s she became a museum ship; her poor condition led to her scuttling off New York in 1939.  This log for Benj. F. Packard (Ship), kept in a...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
by George H. Barbour
texts

eye 14

favorite 0

comment 0

George H. Barbour, not yet a captain when he wrote this diary, was the son of Capt. Samuel H. Barbour (1839-1896) of Brewer (ME). GHB took over and continued the businesses of building and operating small steamers begun by his father. Samuel H. Barbour built the 75-ton Silver Star (Screw steamer, passenger) at Brewer (ME) in 1886 for Capt. I.E. Archibald of Thomaston (ME), but took the Barbour family on a shakedown cruise to Florida before delivering the steamer to her owner. She operated until...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
texts

eye 12

favorite 1

comment 0

Libbeus S. Davis, probably of Gardiner (ME), was a steam engineer. He married Frances Collins in Farmingdale (ME) in 1859. In 1903 he lived in Gardiner (ME). He served as engineer aboard the 1413-ton Star of the East (Sidewheel steamer, passenger), built at New York by John Englis & Son in 1866. She was used on the Kennebec River to Boston run from 1866 until sold to New York in 1903. She was renamed  Sagadahoc  (1891) and Greenport (1903). She was barged in 1916 and became a war casualty...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
by Unidentified
texts

eye 4

favorite 0

comment 0

Authors (probably two) are unidentified, but likely mates ·of vessel. The 1,456-ton Challenger (Ship) was built at Bath (ME) in 1877 by master builder Elisha P. Mallett for Arthur Sewall & Co., and sold by them to New York in 1891. Re-rigged as a bark, Challenger was stranded at Minabe Bay (JAP) in 1905. Capt. Edward(?) H. Thompson (1837?-1902) was in command at the time of this log.  This log, kept in a printed log-book form, begins with some notes regarding the loading of Challenger...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
by Unidentified
texts

eye 10

favorite 0

comment 0

Handwriting indicates several authors, all unidentified. The 287-ton Anne Lord (Three-mast schooner), built at Brewer (ME) in 1883 by J. Nealy, was owned at Bangor (ME) by Henry Lord and others. Later home-ported at Boston (MA), the Lord was abandoned at sea in 1920, 45 miles off Cuba. Her master at the time of this log was Capt. Oliver J. Kendall. This log, kept in a printed form, documents 23 coastal, West Indies, and South American voyages of Anne Lord (Three-mast schooner). Ports visited...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
by Capt. Calvin S. Elwell
texts

eye 3

favorite 0

comment 0

Capt. Calvin S. Elwell was from Saturday Cove, Northport (ME), and later died there. He was married in Australia in 1905. At time of log he was mate of vessel. The 2,293-ton Kenilworth (Four-mast bark) was built at Glasgow (SCT) by John Reid & Co. in 1887. In 1890 she was purchased by Arthur Sewall & Co. of Bath (ME) and by an Act of Congress registered as an American vessel. Later renamed Star of Scotland and Rex , she was sunk by enemy action in 1942. At time of log, her master was...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
by George W. Goodwin
texts

eye 5

favorite 0

comment 0

George W. Goodwin was born in Calais (ME) and died in Brighton (MA). He married Adah E. Grafton at Baltimore (MD) in 1881 and later said she was his best mate. He went 56 times around Cape Horn and commanded this vessel at time of diary. The 3,005-ton Dirigo (Four-mast bark) was built at Bath (ME) in 1894 by Arthur Sewall & Co. for their fleet. She was the first steel sailing vessel built in the U.S. The Sewall's sold her in 1915; she was sunk by a German submarine off the Irish coast in...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
by Cyrus Harraman
texts

eye 4

favorite 0

comment 0

Cyrus Harraman, of Stockton (ME), may have been a mate aboard this vessel. Other authors, indicated by handwriting and language (last one is Germanic), are not identified. The 199-ton Evelyn (Bark), built at Stockton (ME) in 1851, was dropped from register listing between 1861 and 1866. Evelyn 's master at time of log was Capt. F. Hichborn, probably a relative of the managing owner, Josiah F. Hichborn of Stockton (ME).  Kept in a ruled form, this log-book documents in standard format about 14...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
by Charles G. Jameson
texts

eye 5

favorite 0

comment 0

Charles G. Jameson, of Bath (ME), was mate on this vessel, and probably kept the log at this time. The 1,316-ton Hermon (Ship) was built at Bath (ME) in 1868 by master builder Elisha P. Mallet for E. & A. Sewall, and was sold German in 1880 and renamed Hugo . Her master at the time of this log was Capt. James T. Morse (1822-1912) of Phippsburg (ME). This log, kept in a printed log-book form, records voyages in Hermon (Ship) from Callao (PER) to Gibraltar (GBR) for orders and to Valencia...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
by Mary E. Hawes
texts

eye 15

favorite 0

comment 0

Mary E. Hawes used this volume as a scrapbook in 1861, and may also have made diary entries. Mary G. Chapin of Searsport (ME) may also have used it as a scrapbook. The 199-ton Gen. Marshall (Half-brig) was built at Belfast (ME) in 1849 and is not found in register after 1869. The author of the log-book is not known; all clues are obscured by pasted-in clippings. This log, kept in a ruled, printed log-book form, records voyages in Gen. Marshall (Half-brig) from Jul. 22, 1853 to an unknown date,...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
by Herbert H. Hatfield
texts

eye 10

favorite 0

comment 0

Herbert H. Hatfield was mate of this vessel, may later have been captain. The 3,069-ton Owego (Screw steamer, freight) was built at Buffalo (NY) in 1888 by Union Dry Dock Company. She was sold to Minhow (CHN), formerly Foochow, about 1924. Owego 's master at the time of this log was not noted. This log, kept in a printed log-book form, records a voyage in Owego (Screw steamer, freight) from New York to Rotterdam (NET) with unspecified cargo, and return to New York in ballast. On the voyage to...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
by Capt. William H. Luce
texts

eye 5

favorite 0

comment 0

Capt. William H. Luce, son of Capt. Andrew G. and Rebecca (Spear) Luce, was born in Rockland (ME). He served in the U.S. Navy, commanded merchant vessels by the age of 22, married Eliza U. Carlton of Camden (ME) in 1865. He became Collector of Customs at Rockland (ME) ca. 1891. The 290-ton Ocean Eagle (Bark?) was built at Rockland in 1856 and was not in register listing by 1876. The log calls her a bark, although other sources identify her as a brig, half-brig, or barkentine. Author commanded...
Topic: maritime history
Handwriting indicates several unidentified authors, probably mates of vessel. The 157-ton Venloo (Schooner) was built in 1853 by J. L. Buck at Bucksport (ME), and was dropped from listing in register ca. 1868. Her commanders during period covered by log were Capt. S.T. Knowlton and Capt. Freeman Closson (1830-1892) of Searsport (ME). This log, kept in a ruled log-book form, records about 13 voyages or parts of voyages in Venloo (Schooner), calling at Delaware City (DE), Boston (MA),...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
by William E. Dennison
texts

eye 9

favorite 0

comment 0

William E. Dennison of Bath (ME) and later Portland (ME) commanded the 145-ton Adrianna (Schooner), built at Portland (ME) in 1853. The schooner was dropped from registry before 1866. Capt. Dennison helped put down a naval mutiny at the outbreak of the Civil War, served as an officer (including commanding officer) in the U. S. Navy during the Civil War, and later commanded passenger steamers into the 1890s. This log-book, kept in a printed form, records a voyage in Adrianna (Schooner) from...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
by Capt. Rufus S. Randall
texts

eye 13

favorite 0

comment 0

Capt. Rufus S. Randall was born in Freeport (ME), son of Capt. Robert J. and Lydia Mitchell Randall. He went to sea from about the age of 10, rose to command many vessels, and married Annie S. Townsend at Portland (ME) in 1872. She sometimes sailed with him; they had five children. Capt. Randall died in Freeport. The 1106-ton Oasis (Bark) was built at Freeport (ME) in 1871 by John A. Briggs; she was abandoned in the North Atlantic Ocean in 1887. This diary, kept in a printed form, starts in New...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
texts

eye 30

favorite 0

comment 0

Capt. Cornelius Gray kept this log of fishing voyages in the fishing schooner Lady Adams , 24 tons, of Castine (ME) and later of Brooksville (ME). She is not listed in List of Merchant Vessels of the United States after 1881. This log-book was kept on a daily basis in a printed form with minimal weather and course information, nearly nothing on ship-handling, and some mention of fishing and fishing grounds. Of primary importance to the author seems to have been the daily records of how many...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
by Winthrop Farrin
texts

eye 24

favorite 1

comment 0

Winthrop Farrin was probably a resident of Bath (ME). He was mate of the 275-ton Harriet (Ship), built at Bath (ME) in 1819 by McLellan & Turner. This little 95-foot ship was later (ca. 1828) used to take African-American emigrants to Liberia. At the time of this log, her master was Capt. Joseph O. Reed (ca. 1787-1829) of Topsham (ME). This log-book, kept in a sailor-made blank volume sewn with marline and covered with sailcloth, covers voyages in Harriet (Ship) from Savannah (GA), to...
Topic: maritime history
A guide to the log books and diaries held at the Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library.
Topics: maritime, maritime history, log books, diaries, seamen, sailors, captains
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
by Maine Maritime Museum
texts

eye 33

favorite 0

comment 0

Personal papers of the McCutcheon family. Seamen certificates of citizenship for Samuel McCutcheon Jr. and Joseph B. McCutcheon. Collection content also includes McCutcheon correspondence and a Democratic voters canvassing book, Bath, Maine. There are Bryant family papers of correspondence, an estate record and account receipts. The collection is arranged as follows: Series I. McCutcheon Personal Papers and Series II. Bryant Personal Papers.
Topic: Maritime History
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
texts

eye 4

favorite 0

comment 0

Edward M. Curtis of Surry (ME) is a name written into this volume, and may be one of the authors. The 125-ton W. H. Card (Schooner) was built at Franklin (ME) in 1874, and was dropped from register listing after 1901. In this volume, Capt. G.B. Pettingill and Capt. O.T. Foss (latter of Hancock, ME) are both named as commanding the Card. Foss may be the same as Capt. Orlando Foss of Franklin (ME). This log, kept in a printed log-book form, records voyages in W. H. Card (Schooner) from...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
texts

eye 9

favorite 0

comment 0

Thomas Peabody was mate of Annie Kimball (Bark) at time of log. He may later have commanded C.O. Whitmore (Bark). The 598-ton Kimball was built at Brunswick (ME) in 1856 by J.C. Humphreys, and was dropped from register listing ca. 1875. Her master at the time of this log was Capt. Charles G. M. Stinson (ca. 1818-1911) of Bath (ME). This log, kept in a printed log-book form, records five voyages of Annie Kimball (Bark) between Charleston (SC) and Liverpool (ENG), bringing cotton from Charleston...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
texts

eye 11

favorite 0

comment 0

Paul A. Durgan was fisherman (mate?) aboard this schooner. He was resident of Harpswell (ME) and married to Flavilla R. Durgan (1845-1922). He was well-known in later life as a boatbuilder and undertaker/coffin maker. This volume also indicates involvement with building construction in the late 1860s. The 86-ton Linda (Schooner, fishing) was built at Freeport (ME) in 1851 and was dropped from American Lloyd's before 1866. Capt. John McVane (?-1917) of Portland (ME) and Long Island (Casco Bay,...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
by Unidentified
texts

eye 11

favorite 1

comment 0

Unknown author was from Gorham (ME) at time of diary. The 454-ton Golden Sheaf (Barkentine), built at Cape Elizabeth (ME) in 1874 by Daniel Brewer, lasted until 1900 when she was abandoned. Her master at time of diary was Capt. William C. Lunt. Also mentioned in diary are the 1,428-ton Tremont (Sidewheel steamer) and the 1,997-ton Gate City (Steamer). This diary, kept in a ruled ledger book, records the author's travels from Gorham (ME) to Charleston (SC) via Portland (ME), Boston (MA), and...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
by Capt. E.L. Dorr
texts

eye 6

favorite 0

comment 0

Capt. E.L. Dorr's name is noted on cover, may be author. The 92-ton Lizzie Lee (Schooner, fishing) was built at Trenton (ME) in 1868, and was home-ported at Lamoine (ME) at time of log. She was later sold to Machias (ME), and to New Bedford (MA). Vessel and crew lost en route to Fogo (CVI), 1914. This log, kept in a ruled book, records a voyage in Lizzie Lee (Schooner, fishing) from Lamoine (ME) to the Grand Banks, and part of return voyage. Many references to vessel handling, vessels seen,...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
texts

eye 6

favorite 0

comment 0

Capt. James F. Murphy was son of Capt. James K. and Jane Sewall Murphy, was born in Woolwich (ME)?, and died in Bath (ME). He married Maria Sarah Higgins of Bath in 1874; they had two children who survived childbirth. Author was known as "Shotgun Murphy", spent 48 years at sea, 38 as master, commanded many Sewall vessels. The 3,374-ton William P. Frye (Four-mast bark) was built at Bath (ME) in 1901 by Arthur Sewall & Co. for their fleet. The Frye was sunk by the German auxiliary...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
by Otis, Francis E.
texts

eye 25

favorite 0

comment 0

Captain Francis E. Otis was born in Growstown (ME), son of James and Betsey (Snow) Otis. He married Angeline Morse in Brunswick (ME) in 1869. He commanded a number of vessels, including the 814-ton Rome (Bark), built at Bath (ME) in 1865 by W. V. Moses & Son. Rome was later sold Norwegian and disappeared from the Record after 1885. Kept in a blank book with lined, numbered pages, this volume contains the calculations necessary to determine the daily position of Rome (Bark). There are notes...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
by William T. Hardie
texts

eye 9

favorite 0

comment 0

William T. Hardie of Bowdoinham (ME) was a crew member, probably one of the mates, on the 1,590-ton Sam Skolfield 2d (Ship), the first vessel of that name. The Skolfield was built at Brunswick (ME) in 1875 by Joseph A. Woodside. She was lost in a hurricane off Bermuda in 1883. At the time of this log, her master was Capt. Edwin B. Forsaith (1847-1888) of Brunswick (ME), brother-in-law of her namesake.  This fragmentary log, kept in a blank book, has brief entries containing little more than...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
by Maine Maritime Museum
texts

eye 38

favorite 0

comment 0

This collection is comprised of account books, inventories, and letter copy books related to Henry W. Swanton’s many business interests. The bulk of the collection is from the Swanton, Jameson Company and its predecessor, Zina Hyde & Company, a ship chandlery that operated in Bath for over a century. The collection also contains cashbooks and ledgers from the Goss Marine Iron Works and the Eastern Steamboat Company, as well as a daybook from an unidentified Bath grocer and dry goods...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
texts

eye 51

favorite 0

comment 0

Papers of the Wright, Fuller, and Barker families of Bath, ME. Includes published books and pamphlets owned by the families, as well as correspondence, newspaper clippings, and other materials related to family members. The majority of the items in this collection relate to Dr. Byron Fuller Barker (1872-1932), of Bath. Also includes materials related to Samuel C. Barker (1838-1874), Dr. Andrew J. Fuller (1822- 1897), Julia A. Fuller (1842-1921), Eliza B. Marble (1846-1926), Henry C. Wright...
Topic: Maine History
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
by Maine Maritime Museum
texts

eye 27

favorite 0

comment 0

Account and log book records of Captain Henry Fossett. This includes seven account books, two log books and one personal account book, which includes some vessel records. Vessel records of Acklam (Schooner), Canima (Brig), Charlie and Willie (Schooner), Edith Rose (Bark), Emma Cushing (Bark), J. M. Sawyer (Brig), Jasper (Bark), Liberia (Bark) Ocean Eagle (Brig), President (Schooner), Samson (Brig), Sumer Side (Brig) and Thomas Pope (Bark). Personal account book of Henry Fossett when at Bristol,...
Topic: Maritime History
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
by Maine Maritime Museum
texts

eye 11

favorite 0

comment 0

Vessel papers of Oliver Moulton Jr. Contents include bills of sale for vessel shares, dividend statements and bills of lading for cargos.
Topic: Maritime History
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
by Maine Maritime Museum
texts

eye 28

favorite 0

comment 0

This collection contains an account book, rough log-book, and associated loose papers kept by Captain Zaccheus Allen and a journal kept by his teenage son, Thomas M.R. Allen, while at sea with his father on the Benjamin F. Packard (ship). It documents business and life aboard Maine built- and owned ships in the grain, coal, and case oil trades around Cape Horn.
Topic: Maritime History
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
by Capt. Rufus S. Randall
texts

eye 13

favorite 0

comment 0

Capt. Rufus S. Randall was born in Freeport (ME), son of Capt. Robert J. and Lydia Mitchell Randall. He went to sea from about the age of 10, rose to command many vessels, and married Annie S. Townsend at Portland (ME) in 1872. She sometimes sailed with him; they had five children. Capt. Randall died in Freeport. The 1106-ton Oasis (Bark) was built at Freeport (ME) in 1871 by John A. Briggs; she was abandoned in the North Atlantic Ocean in 1887.  This diary, kept in a printed form, records the...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
by William G. Tarr
texts

eye 15

favorite 0

comment 0

The author of this journal was probably a mate on the 115-ton Independent , a topsail schooner built at Wiscasset (ME) in 1857 by Lemuel Carlton. Burial records list William G. Tarr as a captain. The captain of Independent at this time, according to this volume, was A Dodge. However, Wiscasset District Customs enrollments list the captain as John Groves 2nd, co-owner of half the vessel. This volume records a voyage in Independent (Schooner) from New York to Apalachicola (FL), a run to Franklin...
Topic: maritime history
Isaac Murch was captain of Mary Ann (Schooner, fishing) of Castine (ME) at time of log. Fishing tallies in log indicate four people aboard vessel, including Murch. Mary Ann was not listed in register in 1861. This log, kept in a printed form for fishing voyage log-books, records the fishing season of 1853 aboard Mary Ann (Schooner, fishing). The vessel traveled from Castine (ME) on two fishing trips, but the log does not give courses, ship-handling details, or positions. Weather, winds, and...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
texts

eye 2

favorite 0

comment 0

The 114-ton Edith B. Coombs (Schooner, fishing) was built at Steuben (ME) in 1878 by Edmund L. Young, and was probably home-ported at Lamoine (ME) at the time of this log. She was dropped from register listing after 1892. Her master (apparently not the author) at the time of the log was Capt. E. M. Yeaton. This partial log was kept on ruled paper, once stitched with yam. It records part of a Grand Banks fishing voyage on Edith B. Coombs (Schooner, fishing). Many references to vessels spoke,...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
by Lewis H. Davidson
texts

eye 8

favorite 0

comment 0

Lewis H. Davidson, of South Lincoln (MA), was mate of vessel at time of loss, and may have been one of the authors of this log. The 494-ton Blanche Allen (Three-mast schooner) was built at Bath (ME) in 1883 by Arthur Sewall & Co. for their fleet. She was stranded, a total loss, near San Andres (COL) Island in 1885. In command for the life of the vessel was Capt. James P. White (1848-?) of Topsham (ME). This log, kept in a printed log-book form, documents voyages in Blanche Allen ...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
texts

eye 48

favorite 0

comment 0

Chandler M. Jewett was later captain of Georgetown, ME vessels, but was just a seaman in 1862. The 108-ton Julia Baker (Schooner), named for the mother-in-law of Captain Francis Lowe (1819-1865), was built in 1860 at Hodgdon's Mills near East Boothbay (ME) by Charles Murray for Lowe's father-in-law, Nehemiah Baker (1807-1862). She stranded at Milbridge (ME) in 1908. The 39-ton Fairy Forest (Schooner) of Westport (ME) (in 1862) was built in Georgetown (ME) in 1860 for Silas Bailey, Jr. Captain...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
texts

eye 10

favorite 0

comment 0

Capt. Frederick A. Senter married Jane H. Barter at Hallowell (ME) in 1845, was probably deceased before 1865. He was master of both vessels at time of log. The 371-ton Gov. Hubbard  (Bark) was built at Hallowell (ME) in 1854 by J. Kempton, Jr., and not listed in register by 1861. The 231-ton A. C. Merryman (Half-brig) was built at Pittston (ME) by A. C. Merryman in 1855, and owned by author. Sold by 1861, not listed in register by 1866. The log, kept in a ruled form, records about 16 West...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
texts

eye 6

favorite 0

comment 0

W.S. Simmons was mate of vessel and signed some entries. Other entries were signed by vessel's master, Capt. Charles L. Bullock (1862-?) of Bucksport (ME). The 933-ton Brina P. Pendleton (Four-mast schooner) was built at Belfast (ME) in 1902 by F. C. Pendleton. She was sold Spanish in 1917, renamed Maria Teresa , and sank 1919 after collision with Hickman (Steamer) 600 miles from Azores. Do not confuse with later vessel of same name and rig.  This printed Bureau of Navigation Official Log-Book...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
by Capt. Rufus S. Randall
texts

eye 12

favorite 0

comment 0

Capt. Randall was born in Freeport (ME), son of Capt. Robert J. and Lydia Mitchell Randall. He went to sea from about the age of 10, rose to command many vessels, and married Annie S. Townsend at Portland (ME) in 1872. She sometimes sailed with him; they had five children. Capt. Randall died in Freeport. The 1106-ton Oasis (Bark) was built at Freeport (ME) in 1871 by John A. Briggs; she was abandoned in the North Atlantic Ocean in 1887.  This diary, kept in a printed form, records activity...
Topic: maritime history
Lot Tripp has the title "Practitioner of Physic and Surgery" on the inside title page. Also on the inside title page: "Said boxes are put up in good order by Silas Carle & Nephew, Druggists, 199 Water Street, corner of Fulton Street, where masters and owners of vessels may be supplied on reasonable terms. Contents are ordered by the items in the medicine chest, then with notes and discussions. Contents of the medicine chest (numbered): 1. Vomits 2. Salts 3. Castor oil 4....
Topics: Maritime History, Medicine
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
texts

eye 12

favorite 1

comment 0

Log kept by unknown deck officers.  The master during the period of this log was O. Gailies the mate was A. C. Stevens.  The 522-ton Lexington (Motor vessel, freight) was built as Eckmuhl (Screw steamer) at Savannah (GA) in 1919 by Foundation Co.  At the time of this log she was diesel-powered with a single screw, hailing from Boston (MA), owned by Hall Tranship Lines, Inc.  In 1938 she became Penobscot, running to Bangor (ME) from Boston for Seaboard Navigation Co., and about 1941 she was...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
texts

eye 11

favorite 0

comment 0

Log kept by several unidentified people, probably mates, of the 264-ton McLellan (Brig), built at Bath (ME) in 1835 by James H. McLellan. This brig was home-ported at Beverly (MA) at the time of this log. When the log began, McLellan 's master was Capt. Isaac Orr (?-1899) of Harpswell (ME). On Sept. 15, 1847, the brig set sail in command of Capt. Charles F. Hardie, Sr. (1822-ca. 1855) of Richmond (VA) and Topsham (ME).  This log, kept in a blank book, begins with abstract logs of four voyages...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
texts

eye 4

favorite 0

comment 0

E.E. French's name is on volume, but is not further identified. The 2,075-ton Alfred D. Snow (Ship) was built at Thomaston (ME) in 1877 by Samuel Watts. She was generally used in trade between New York, San Francisco (CA) and Liverpool (ENG). Her commander at the time of this log and when she was lost was Capt. W. J. Willey (?-1888) of Thomaston (ME). The Snow was lost with all hands in 1888 off Waterford (IRE). This log, kept in a printed log-book form, documents voyages in Alfred D. Snow...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
texts

eye 5

favorite 0

comment 0

No more is known of the presumed author, Capt. George W. Mansfield. Little is known of Clarissa (Ship), although there are two watercolors by Dutch artist Jan Mooy (1776-1847) of ships of this name in Peabody Essex Museum, Salem (MA). One watercolor is dated 1818, the other 1822. A 321-ton ship Clarissa was captured from Great Britain and registered to William Gray of Salem, 1815. It is probably that the ship of the log was in existence at least be 1824, because the sailcloth log cover appears...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
by Capt. Stinson F. Davis
texts

eye 11

favorite 0

comment 0

Capt. Stinson F. Davis was the son of William H. and Christina C. (Lewis) Davis, and was born and died in Five Islands (ME). He went to sea at 16, was licensed as a captain at 21, and became the last surviving master of big schooners, dying at 103. He married Grace Miller in 1913. The 913-ton Tolima (Four-mast schooner) was built at Linoleumville (NY) by Carteret Ferry Corp. in 1920, and foundered at sea with all hands in 1931. Author was captain of vessel at time of log.  This log, kept in a...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
by Gustavus T. Enell
texts

eye 7

favorite 0

comment 0

Gustavus T. Enell was mate of vessel at time of log. The 1,099-ton Holyhead (Ship) was built at Bath (ME) in 1854 by master builder Daniel S. Small for E & A Sewall's fleet. Badly damaged in a storm, she was condemned at St. Thomas (VIU) and auctioned off there in May, 1865. Her master at time of log was Capt. James L. Davenport (1830-?).   This log, kept in a printed log-book form, records the last voyage of Holyhead (Ship), from Sete (FRA) towards Boston (MA) with salt. Dismasted in a...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
by Frank L. Sewall
texts

eye 4

favorite 0

comment 0

Frank L. Sewall, of Bath (ME), was son of Edward and Sarah Elizabeth (Swanton) Sewall. He was nephew of Arthur Sewall (to whom he wrote this diary), and was employed as a clerk in the Sewall office. He was aboard Dirigo as a passenger. He married Julia Griffin Marshall (?) of Minneapolis (MN); they had two children. He later moved to California and died in Los Angeles (CA). The 3,005-ton Dirigo (Four-mast bark) was built at Bath (ME) in 1894 by Arthur Sewall & Co. for their fleet. She was...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
by Capt. Calvin S. Elwell
texts

eye 4

favorite 0

comment 0

Capt. Calvin S. Elwell was from Saturday Cove, Northport (ME), and later died there. He was married in Australia in 1905. At time of log he was mate of vessel. The 2,293-ton Kenilworth (Four-mast bark) was built at Glasgow (SCT) by John Reid & Co. in 1887. In 1890 she was purchased by Arthur Sewall & Co. of Bath (ME) and by an Act of Congress registered as an American vessel. Later renamed Star of Scotland and Rex , she was sunk by enemy action in 1942. At time of log, her master was...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
texts

eye 7

favorite 0

comment 0

Author(s) not known. Master of vessel at time of log was Capt. Henry E. Willard. The 238-ton Apphia & Amelia (Three-mast schooner) was a centerboard vessel, built at Yarmouth (ME) in 1884 by Loring & Cobb. The vessel was owned in Portland (ME) and lost by fire in June, 1897.   This log, kept in a printed log-book form, records about eleven coasting voyages aboard Apphia & Amelia (Three-mast schooner), calling at Athens (NY), Salem (MA), Sullivan (ME), New York, Rondout (NY),...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
by Capt. Charles F. Hardie Jr.
texts

eye 10

favorite 1

comment 0

Capt. Charles F. Hardie Jr. was the son of Capt. Charles F. and Almira E. Hardie, born in Topsham (ME). He married M. J. Coleman at New Orleans (LA) in 1874, and died in that place later of yellow fever. He later rose to command, but at the time of this log he was mate on the 620-ton Deborah Pennell (Bark), commanded by Capt. John D. Pennell (1828-1878) of Brunswick (ME) the Pennell was built at Brunswick (ME) in 1860 by James Pennell and stranded at Banjaard Shoal off the Netherlands Dec. 16,...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
by Prescott H. Taylor
texts

eye 5

favorite 0

comment 0

Besides Prescott H. Taylor, Daniel Miller, Jr., V[inal] C. Bagley, Captain A. B. Strout, J. T. Haskell, and Amos S. Holden also made log entries. Except for Strout, all were 1st or 2nd officers of the 1661-ton City of Bangor (Sidewheel steamer, passenger), built at Boston (MA) in 1894 by James McKie for Eastern Steamship Co., originally running Boston (MA) - Bangor (ME). The steamer was laid up in 1927, and sank at her wharf at Boston (MA) in 1933. During the period of this log she was...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
texts

eye 5

favorite 0

comment 0

The 391-ton J. H. Lane (Half-brig) was built at Searsport (ME) in 1869 by George A. Carver. She was wrecked on the Florida coast in 1886. Her master as the time of this log was Capt. Franklin Shute (1830-1878) of Searsport (ME). This partial log, kept in a printed log-book form, documents voyages in J. H. Lane  (Schooner) from St. John (NWB) to Cardenas (CUB) with sugar box shooks, and towards Boston (MA) with molasses and sugar. Much of this fragment is a harbor log at Cardenas. There are...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
by Capt. Nathaniel G. Groton
texts

eye 11

favorite 0

comment 0

Capt. Nathaniel G. Groton, of Waldoboro (ME) and later Concord (MA), was captain of the five vessels mentioned in this journal. The 175-ton Times (Brig) was built at Waldoboro (ME) in 1847 by James R. Groton, and was sold by him at Boston (MA) in 1850. The 177-ton Eliza Merithew (Half-brig) was built at Searsport (ME) in 1848 by John Shirley. The 190-ton Unity (Brig) was built at Whitehaven (ENG) in 1848 and home-ported at Liverpool (ENG). The 227-ton Lunette (Bark) may have been home-ported at...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
by Capt. Robert J. Graham
texts

eye 7

favorite 0

comment 0

Capt. Robert J. Graham was from Philadelphia (PA), was married to Alice W., and had one child. For a time lived in Bath (ME), later moved to Washington where he had a stevedore business in Seattle, and an apple orchard. He was in command of this vessel at time of log. The 2,998- ton Erskine M. Phelps (Four-mast bark) was built at Bath (ME) in 1898 by master builder Thomas M. Spence for Arthur Sewall & Co., who sold her in 1913. She became an oil barge at Los Angeles (CA) until 1964, when...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
texts

eye 6

favorite 0

comment 0

Capt. Edward Poole was born in Bristol (ENG), and married Martha J. Rideout of Bath (ME) in 1865 at Bath. They lived in Bath; he retired ca. 1887 and died there. The 1,469-ton Reaper (Ship) was built at Bath (ME) by E. & A. Sewall in 1876. Author was her first commander and was in command at time of log. Reaper was destroyed by fire in 1906 at Port Ludlow (WA). Kept book printed for the purpose, this volume abstracts data for a voyage in Reaper (Ship) from Cardiff (WAL) to San Francisco...
Topic: maritime history
Nathan R. Lipfert Research Library
by Capt. James F. Murphy
texts

eye 9

favorite 1

comment 0

Capt. James F. Murphy was son of Capt. James K. and Jane Sewall Murphy, was born in Woolwich (ME)?, and died in Bath (ME). He married Maria Sarah Higgins of Bath in 1874; they had two children who survived childbirth. Author was known as "Shotgun Murphy", spent 48 years at sea, 38 as master, commanded many Sewall vessels. The 3,407-ton Shenandoah (Four-mast bark) was built at Bath (ME) in 1890 by master builder Elisha P. Mallet for Arthur Sewall & Co.; an image of the vessel...
Topic: maritime history